This year has pretty much knocked me off my feet. Over the past twelve months my life has changed in such remarkable ways that it’s hard to remember what things were like at this time last December. There was a new relationship, a graduation from college and my first big-girl apartment. Falling in love while trying to figure out just what it was that I hoped to do with my life. No one really prepares you for how difficult it is, coming into your own after college. There were flowers – too many to count – and kisses, too. Plenty of laughs, a few tears, my first camping trip and a phone call letting me know I had landed my first full-time job. 
And if all those things weren’t enough, this weekend was the capstone on a year I will never forget, because the love of my life whisked me off my feet with a surprise trip to NYC. There were letters, four in total, that took me from one surprise to the next, each more wonderful than the one before. And at the end of the scavenger hunt was the best surprise of all. 
There, in front of the tree at Rockefeller Center, the man I love more than anything in the world got down on one knee and said he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. How I got so lucky, I’ll never know. I am blessed beyond anything that I deserve. I wish I had words to express what I’m feeling, but for now I don’t. Perhaps in the future I will. One thing is for certain: this has been one heck of a year.
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  • Lauren at KeepItSweet

    yay congrats!!! what a great way to propose, so romantic:-) you both look so happy!!

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    YAY!! That's such a fabulous story! So happy for you!

  • E

    How exciting and adorable! Congrats!

  • Bonnie

    Those pictures are so adorable! Congrats! Get ready, married life is seriously the BEST!!

  • Taylor Renee

    Oh my gosh!! Congratulations!!!!! Such a gorgeous ring and a lovely couple!

  • netekay

    Congratulations! What a great proposal! Best of luck to both of you!!!!

  • Helena


  • Lindsey @ DownwardFacingFoodie

    How sweet! Tears! Congratulations – what a wonderful Christmas gift! :)

  • freshwithaubergine

    Congrats!!! The ring is gorgeous!! That is such a magical spot for him to propose!

  • Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess

    What wonderful news! Many congrats!!


  • husbandwifemodernlife

    Congratulations, dear! The ring is beautiful – and so is the happy couple! How very exciting – you know I'm partial to a proposal by a big Christmas tree ;-)

  • Kate Smith

    congratulations, madison and joey! what a beautiful engagement story–you'll have fun telling it for years to come!

    and–I know this is beside the point–but I'm also loving your nails! they're perfect for showing off new bling ;-)


  • Janet

    how beautiful! congratulations!

  • alana (at) the food

    those are such beautiful candid pics! congrats!

  • Ms. H

    YAY!! Congratulations!! I have to go with Alana and comment on the candid pics. You'll love having those around for the rest of your lives–they're absolutely radiant =)

  • Michelle


  • Patricia

    Congratulations! Your story was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes. Best wishes for a wonderful future.

  • jamela224

    congrats what a year!

  • Mr.Brian

    I heard about this in the nursing home in Orange City Iowa today.From your future mother in law.Congrats to you both.

  • Karla

    Oh my goodness–LOVE this post!! You two look SO joyful in the pictures. I am so happy for you, Madison. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    Beautiful photos – such an emotional story told frame by frame! Very nice.

  • Jenn

    Congratulations! I just started reading your blog about a month ago, but I am so excited for you both! I love the pictures, you'll definitely be happy you have those forever. Married life is awesome and you'll enjoy it so much :)

  • Anne Living Life

    Congratulations! Love the pictures!

  • Emily @ The Front Burner

    I am so happy for you! Love that someone was there to capture it for you (and also love your nails.) :)

  • Romance In A Glance

    Hey there! I came across your blog and your pictures stole my attention! Congrats on your engagement…very sweet the way he did it! I just recently got married over the summer and did the big wedding thing! My blog was created to give wedding tips and more…follow my blog for some great ideas! I try to post daily and I am still getting it going! Hope you have the wedding of your dreams! ~Romantic Savy

  • kaitlyn

    this is beautiful, congratulations.

  • Lindsay

    What a wonderful year! I teared up just reading your post! Congratulations. The best is yet to come :-)

  • Ann

    Congrats! What a sweet way to propose! It's great that you got to capture it all :)

  • Tracy

    Oh my gosh congrats! That is awesome news, and great pictures. Happy holidays to you!!!!!

  • Diana


  • Kelly

    Congrats! You both look so happy! That is a beautiful ring!!

  • Betsy Gluten Freedom

    Congratulations! Marriage is so much fun.

  • Natalie

    CONGRATS! you look so excited in the pics, i love it!!! :) (i read this post several days ago but can't comment at work and finally remembered to return!!)

  • Natalie C

    Congrats on the engagement! Best of luck with the wedding plans. Fill us in on everything. I have 4 months to go and enjoying every minute of it. I know you will too!

  • CupcakesOMG!

    Madison, you're so right–nothing can really prepare you for your first year on your own. I've been out of school almmost 5 years and am still trying to figure out how to be an “adult”.

    I absolutely love this story though–congrats on the engagement.

    P.S. LOVE your manicure in this pic!!